In the first Test against Bangladesh, Kuldeep took eight wickets and scored 40 crucial runs, including a career-high 5/40.
After Kuldeep Yadav’s heroics in the previous match, the shocking exclusion of the left-arm wrist spinner from the Indian team for the second Test against Bangladesh has made Harbhajan Singh wonder if the left-arm wrist spinner “would be better off” if he does not win awards for “player of the match.”
Kuldeep returned to Test cricket after 22 months, scoring 40 crucial runs and taking eight wickets, including a career-best 5/40. However, in order to make room for Saurashtra seamer Jaydev Unadkat in the playing eleven, he was dropped for the second game in Mirpur.
The idea of dropping Kuldeep completely perplexed Harbhajan, one of India’s best spinners. According to my opinion, “Kuldeep ought to stop taking five-wicket hauls going forward.” Who can say? He might get to play in two consecutive Test matches! Harbhajan told PTI in a sarcastic tone when asked to respond.
“Like his previous five-for, he did it against Australia in a different setting in Sydney in 1999, prior to the Chattogram Test. No. One in India was supposed to be him. 1 spinner in foreign conditions, but he expected to play a Test in approximately two years.
“He played again almost two years later, and he was dropped once more,” Couldn’t want anything more than to figure out the thinking,” expressed Harbhajan, one of the four Indian bowlers who has taken north of 400 wickets.
The surface was not ideal for seamers, despite the fact that rebound man Unadkat and Umesh Yadav each took six wickets. Additionally, R Ashwin took four wickets. Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, got a few to square. The pitch was ideal for spinners.
The “Turbanator” was also of the opinion that Indian cricket still uses the term “security” a lot, but nobody is living up to the hype. “I don’t want to mention any of the players in the Test lineup because some of them got long sentences, up to five years, so I won’t. Kuldeep appears to be safe for the next five days.
“If he is dropped after taking eight wickets, how can one feel safe? When the group of executives has made him nervous, could he at any time play brave cricket? inquired of Harbhajan.
Despite Harbhajan’s agreement that Bangladesh’s Test team is not the best, he stated that benching a player is likely to send the wrong message to young people.
“If a sword is hanging over your head, you can never perform.” As someone who ought to be serving India for another eight to ten years, I only hope that Kuldeep doesn’t lose confidence as a result of this,” he added.